The Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan are losing sage grouse fast.  So fast, that the birds may disappear entirely from the Canadian landscape.

Industry blamed for bird’s demise – Sage grouse on path to extinctionEdmonton Journal

Unrestrained gas development in southern Alberta could drive the sage grouse to extinction in this province within two years, says a University of Alberta scientist.

Mark Boyce has studied sage grouse since 1977,first in Wyoming and for the last decade in Alberta. He might be lacking a study subject soon, though. It’s estimated only 90 birds remain in the province.

 
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2 Responses to In Canada Sage grouse on Path to Extinction

  1. I’m glad I spend a couple weeks a couple times exploring Alberta in the 1990s.

    It sounds like the place is being thoroughly ripped apart by the fossil fuels industry.

  2. avatar Barb Rupers says:

    The mitigation mentioned sounds like too little, too late for saving less than 100 sage grouse in the province.

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